Editor’s note: Frequently misunderstood as being government supplied housing, “affordable housing” affects everybody, across all income brackets, and – in essence – means spending a sustainable amount of your income on a place to live. In Wilmington, that’s becoming increasingly difficult to do for many.
This series was meant to take a deeper look, from the facts and figures to personal stories to possible solutions. We hope it will serve as a foundation and a resource for those working to understand affordable housing and a point of reference for future stories.
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Affordable housing series
We started with a basic question: who can afford to live in Wilmington — not public housing or subsidized living, but working-class people looking for a home? The answer was disturbing.
For those that can’t afford to live in Wilmington, commuting is the just one more part of the housing struggle.
In theory, mixed-use developments cut down on traffic by allowing residents to live near workplaces and services. But can anyone afford to live in these developments based on the available jobs?
Wilmington is a tourist economy, which means a lot of service-industry jobs. What do the people working those jobs think of the housing situation?
Okay, so there’s a housing crisis. What can local leaders do about it?
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